The ringing of the new year was followed by the echoes of gunfire in Johnston, Durham and Orange counties, with two people killed and three injured in a 90-minute span on New Year’s Day.
Late Tuesday, two suspects had been arrested in the Johnston County slaying, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.
Arrested in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Anthony Laboy Jr., 19, of Clayton were:
• Monteese Sharick Ray, 35, of Ranch Road, Clayton, charged with first-degree murder and being held without bail.
• Marcellus Caryle Sinclair, 29, also of Ranch Road, Clayton, charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting of Jimmy Rashawn Raiford, 23, of Smithfield and Marcus Dominque Faison, 20, of Four Oaks. Bail for Sinclair was set at $9 million.
Both suspects were being held in the Johnston County jail.
“Detectives have worked nonstop to identify and arrest these individuals responsible for this senseless murder and attempted murder,” Bizzell said in a statement.
The shootings in Clayton were the first in a spate of violence that began well after midnight.
The violence erupted shortly after 2 a.m. at a party at the rented American Legion building on U.S. 70, Bizzell said in the release. Officers did not say who was renting the building.
Deputies arriving at the scene found Raiford, Faison and Laboy wounded by gunfire in the parking lot. Laboy was taken by friends to Johnston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Raiford and Faison also were taken to hospitals. Their injuries were not life-threatening, Bizzell said.
Laboy was charged with the shooting in August of another teenager. Raheem Foye, 17, was shot in the face at the Blazing Saddle Club. Laboy was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. At the time, Laboy was a senior at Clayton High School.
In Durham: Just before 3 a.m. on New Year’s morning, Durham police got a call about a shooting in the 200 block of Cecil Street. Acquaintances took Kinta Lamont Newman, 33, to a local hospital, where he died, investigators said.
Witnesses reported seeing a man in a dark-colored Cadillac, who was wearing a white turtleneck, about the time of the shooting. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigator C. Sole at 919-560-4440, ext. 29350, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
In Chapel Hill: About 3:30 a.m., Chapel Hill police were called about a disturbance involving at least four people in the parking lot of the Time Out Restaurant. One person had been shot and injured.
Anyone with information about that incident is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.